Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Prisoners receiving education/training less likely to return to prison

Prison inmates who receive general education or vocational training are far less likely to return to prison and significantly more likely to find employment after their release, according U.S. News and World Report.

Researchers at the RAND Corporation found through an analysis of past studies, that inmates who participate in correctional education programs have a 43 percent lower chance of returning to prison than those who do not. Additionally, if prisoners participated in academic or vocational education programs, their chances of employment after release were 13 percent higher than their peers.

"Correctional education programs provide incarcerated individuals with the skills and knowledge essential to their futures," said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a release. "Investing in these education programs helps released prisoners get back on their feet — and stay on their feet — when they return to communities across the country."

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